Gregory Euclide fuses acrylic, biodegradable film, canvas, wood, eucalyptus, ferns, foam, moss, paper, pencil, photo transfer, sponge, and a multitude of other materials into miniature organic and urban landscapes, each object leading purposefully and delicately to the next.
Smack my Bitch Up by Joe Black - a Marilyn Monroe portrait made entirely out of pinback buttons.
The work takes the photograph of Marilyn taken by Bert Stern in the three-day session for Vogue, six weeks before her death in 1962. The close up image shows her intrinsic natural glamour and sexiness, as well as her vulnerability and innocence. From the 2500 photographs taken at the shoot she put crosses through the ones that she didn’t like of herself. Behind the cross and within the face of Marilyn the badges in this piece show dehumanised women bound and tied, as nothing but sex objects. This surface of pornographic imagery draws out a sense of dislocation and emptiness that Marilyn is known to have felt in her life. ” A sex symbol becomes a thing. I hate being a thing.” Marilyn Monroe- JB